Dark August (1976)

Genres - Crime, Horror  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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This low-key (and low-budget) occult tale begins in upstate New York, where a young girl is accidentally run down by a jeep driven by an aloof, careless city slicker (J.J. Barry). This careless injustice provokes the girl's grandfather to summon his mystical powers and place a death curse on the young man. Desperate to stave off the dire consequences of the hex, Barry seeks the counsel of a local psychic medium, (Kim Hunter), but her powers are no match for the hand of fate. This rather sluggish supernatural drama plays like a standard movie-of-the-week, and might have benefited from a touch more atmosphere.

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curse, revenge, city-slicker, death, grandfather, haunted, medium [psychic], punishment, vindication, accident, car-crash, death-in-family, just-desserts